Comparing Water Levels due to Drought

Amazing photo comparison showing how the drought has lowered the water levels. Click on the image below to enlarge the photo and more details about the images.

The map below shows the latest Drought Monitor for Iowa. The next update will be Thursday morning.


Posted under Drought

This post was written by Schnack on December 12, 2012

Weather Hot Shots on Wed. December 12

Submit your weather Hot Shot by clicking here.
One photo is shown on the 5 pm newscast and one on the 10 pm newscast.


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This post was written by Schnack on December 12, 2012

Another Storm This Weekend


UPDATED at 3:49 PM

Tonight: Clear and breezy. Low: 26-28. Wind: S 10-20 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High: 41-48. Wind: SW 10-20 mph.

Thursday Night: Clear. Low: 22-27. Wind: S 5 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: low 40s.

Saturday: Cloudy with a 60% chance of rain/snow. High: low 40s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 30s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 30s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: low 30s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High: near 30.


This evening the sky will be clear giving us a chance to see the International Space Station (ISS). It will be visible at 6:24 for 2 minutes. It will travel from the SW to SSE with a maximum elevation of 70 degrees above the horizon. 

Here is an early afternoon visible satellite image showing a few things. The sky is clear over Iowa. You can see the snow on the ground in northeast Iowa. There is snow and clouds in Minnesota.

Thursday and Friday will have dry conditions with high temperatures 10-15 degrees above normal.

We are tracking an area of low pressure that is forecast to develop in eastern Colorado Friday evening. The low is forecast to track northeast across Iowa Saturday. Here are the different forecast model tracks.  

If the forecast track remains the same rain is the most likely type of precipitation that will fall. Some light snow may mix in with the rain Saturday night as the colder air move in behind the low. Here is the rain forecast from Wednesday evening to Monday evening. All of the precipitation on the map for Iowa will be with the storm Saturday.

The map below shows the chance of snow of one inch or more from Friday evening to Saturday evening. Again as of now the storm is expected to bring mainly rain to eastern Iowa.

After the storm moves away the weather will be colder…closer to our normal highs for this time of year. It will also remain dry through the first half of next week.


Posted under Forecast Discussion

This post was written by Schnack on December 12, 2012

December 12

From NWS
: Heavy snow fell across most of Iowa on December 11-12 with blizzard conditions developing as strong northerly winds blew and drifted the snow, blocking roads and bringing travel to a standstill. Storm total snowfall accumulations ranged from 7 to 10 inches or more in a band from southwestern through northeastern Iowa including totals of 8.5 inches at Independence and Oskaloosa, 9.0 inches at Dubuque and Iowa Falls, and 10.0 inches at Hampton, Marshalltown, and Osceola. This was the first of several winter storms during an active month that would finish as the snowiest December on record at several Iowa locations, although not in statewide average.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 12 December 1982 → A driving snow kept the field covered during the NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots in Foxborough, MA. Near the end of the fourth quarter, with a 0-0 score, the Patriots plowed the snow away from a small part of the field, conveniently just enough for a field goal to be kicked. The goal was scored and the Patriots won 3-0. The game has become known as the Snowplow Game.
 12 December 1985 → In the worst air crash in Canadian history, an Arrow Airlines DC-8 crashed seconds after takeoff in Newfoundland. The plane was en route to Fort Campbell, KY. 248 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 8 crew were killed. Weather observers reported light freezing drizzle, snow, and fog.
 12 December 1992 → One of the fiercest nor’easters of the 20th Century hit New York City and New England. Ambrose Light Station just southeast of New York City recorded sustained winds of 80 mph and gusts to 93 mph. LaGuardia Airport was closed due to flooding. Flooding at a Con Edison station shut down the entire subway system for more than 3 hours. Heavy snows fell inland with Worcester, MA setting a new single storm record of 32.1 inches. Boston, MA recorded frequent gusts over 60 mph with a peak gust to 78 mph.


Posted under Weather History

This post was written by Schnack on December 12, 2012